Much-Needed Winter Storm Set For West

By: Shaun Tanner , 11:17 PM GMT on February 18, 2013

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Parts of the West has suffered through an extremely dry beginning of the year after a wet December. The snowpack in the Sierra Nevadas of California is well below average for this time of year, and several feet of snowfall is needed by the time the wet season ends.

The brief good news is that a powerful Winter storm is set to drop out of the Gulf of Alaska and onto the West Coast Tuesday. This storm will be both cold and wet enough to provide rain and high elevation snow throughout California on Tuesday.

Because of this Winter weather, the National Weather Service Winter Weather Advisories and Special Weather Statements throughout the Golden State.

The higher elevations of the Sierra Nevadas could receive over a foot of snow, while winds may gust over 100 mph over the high elevation ridges.

As the cold air will settle over Central California, snow levels will dip as low as 2,000 feet in the Santa Cruz Mountains and other mountains around the San Francisco Bay Area. While snow is common this time of year for areas above 3,000 feet, no snow has fallen in the higher elevations around San Francisco Bay yet this year.

And, if you don't like reading, you can follow the storm by looking at these webcams.

Homewood, CA

Truckee, CA

South Lake Tahoe, CA

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